Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Coral on the Brain

Manatee Challenge # 6

(or “You can while away the hours, conversing with the flowers…” )

This is the Coral identification challenge. There are six primary species of coral found on the Bahamian Reef Survey. Your challenge is to be able to identify these six types.

I can't send you pictures of all these types. We’ve had a storm with three foot chop and our bandwidth and satellite time are much too limited for uploading. The six types are;

Lettuce Leaf - Agaricia (several species)
Smooth Brain - Diploria strigosa
Grooved Brain - Diploria Labrythiformes
Knobby Brain - Diploria clivosia
Mustard Hill - Porites asteroids
Fire Coral - Millipora (several species)

Your Manatee Challenge # 6 is to identify ONE of these six species, and describe an identifying characteristic. You should Be Able To teach someone else to identify your coral species. You can use web resources from previous blogs to help you identify your chosen species. I will have coral specimen pictures when I get back.


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At February 24, 2009 at 8:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way you identify Fire Coral is first by the coral's color. Fire Coral has bright yellow-green and brown skeletol covering and are widely distributed in tropical and subtropical waters. Divers mistake fire coral for seaweed. Another way to indentify fire coral would have too be by its calcerious structure which branches off, to rounded finger like tips.


At February 25, 2009 at 5:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what was the very special buoy? -Jimmy violet


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